Jerry May
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Jerry May
Jerry May
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 489 of 1043 players
Jerry Lee May
Born: December 14, 1943 at Staunton, Va.
Died: June 30, 1996 at Swoope, Va.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 200


First Mets game: May 24, 1973
Last Mets game: June 3, 1973

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October 16, 2002
Jerry had some quality years as a backup catcher with the mid 60's Pirates but his knees were worn out by the time the Mets got him.

Bob Murphy
May 27, 2003
Apparently a very difficult guy. Died in freak accident years ago. Very difficult autograph. Be wary of any Met team signed balls with his purported autograph.

David F
April 1, 2006
I remember Jerry being on the Mets roster in the spring of 1973 and that he was in an extra-inning game at Dodger Stadium (I think it went 17) that ended in the early morning hours back in NJ. He apparently made a game-saving tag at home plate in the 15th or 16th inning and the Mets ultimately prevailed. I know this only because I saw a picture of the tag in the paper two days later.

Bob P
April 8, 2006
David F, the game you're referring to took place on May 24, 1973 at Dodger Stadium, and it was the first game of Jerry May's four-game Mets career.

The game went 19 innings, and the Mets won it by scoring four times in the top of the 19th off Doug Rau. Jerry was 2-for-3 in the game before coming out for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning. Duffy Dyer caught the final 13 innings. According to, the only tag play at the plate happened in the bottom of the 4th inning when Jerry tagged out Willie Crawford trying to score on a ground ball to first baseman Jim Beauchamp.

February 13, 2008
My younger brothers (Greg, then 9, and Mike, 7) were at Forbes Field for a Pirate game in 1970. Hanging out before the game on the first base railing watching pre-game warm ups. A ball got away from Jerry May and I threw Greg over the rail like a fishing net, holding on to his ankles. He scurried on his hands and grabbed the practice ball and I reeled him back in. Jerry looked to say something, and then his body language said "the heck with it," and let us keep the practice ball. I was surprised to hear of his death at such a young age. Any information on how he died? Also surprised to hear another ex-Pirate and Met, Donn Clendenon has also passed.

April 12, 2008
How utterly bizarre...Jerry May passed away in an accident. A rotary brush cutter fell on him at his farm in Virginia. He had jacked up the machine to remove some wire that had gotten snarled in the blades, and the jack slipped.

Old Fashioned Met
November 22, 2015
My only memory of Jerry with the Mets was his final appearance as a major league player. He went from first to third base on a single, but hurt himself along the way and had to be taken out. On, the play-by-play description of this game at San Diego states that Jerry was removed for a pinch-runner while he was still on first base. This is incorrect. I firmly remember Jerry hobbling just as he was arriving at third and having to leave the game – for what turned out to be for good.

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